Seniors and Pet Benefits

Did you know owning a pet gets better with age? ITS TRUE!

More than 40% of seniors experience loneliness on a regular basis, encouraging seniors to adopt pets, or granting more access to therapy animals can improve their well-being. According to AgingCare.com, seniors who lived alone and/or reported fair or poor physical health said their pets helped them cope with physical or emotion symptoms. 

Pets fetch more than just mental health benefits. Pets help to ease pain and help seniors stick to a routine. Pets helps people become more sociable assisting with keeping aging owners active. They can also help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety and have been found to reduce physical health issues, like high blood pressure and cholesterol.

There are many physical and emotional health benefits to investing in a pet. The key for everyone is finding the perfect match that fits your lifestyle.

However, one must always do research before adopting a pet. One must also put into consideration how a pet will affect their lifestyle and their finances. Seniors with limited mobility may want to adopt a more chill and low maintenance pet. These factors alone should play a huge roll when considering adopting a new pet.

Animals benefit from adoption too! Particularly when seniors adopt older pets. Those lucky fur babies go from the pound to paradise. Retired adopters tend to have lots of time to devote to a previously unwanted pet, forming a lasting bond. 

Always take into consideration that pets may outlive their aging owner. So its important to include pets in estate planning, particularly in naming a caretaker for their pet, and possibly setting up a trust to cover the animal's care.

For more information you may click on this link:

https://sixtyandme.com/pet-benefits-older-adults/

10 Questions to ask when considering a pet for a senior

-Is the senior set in their ways?

-Have they owned at pet before?

-Does the senior have any disabilities or functional limitations?

-What age pet would be best?

-What temperament would be a good fit for the senior?

-Is the pet healthy?

-Is there a back up plan in place for the pet?

 

Stafford County Animal Shelter

26 Frosty Lane

Stafford, VA 22554

(540)658-7387

animalshelter@staffordcountyva.gov

Nicole Bates - Animal Shelter Manager 

nbates@staffordcountyva.gov

 

 

Captain Mike Null - Chief Animal Control Officer

TUESDAY - FRIDAY 11:00AM - 5:30PM 

SATURDAY 9:30AM - 4:00PM

SUNDAY & MONDAY - CLOSED

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